Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf. Constant trade winds bring cool breezes and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. It’s also evident in language, with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento.
Best spots on Aruba
Aruba is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. The island has several beautiful spots with amazing sceneries to enjoy. We hereby recommend the following spots:
- The California Lighthouse
Why visit? The lighthouse was built between 1914 and 1916 according to a French design. Standing more than 90 feet high, the lighthouse is an impressive landmark in the barren almost lunar-like landscape surrounding it. Its location allows commanding views of the north coast, the sand dunes area, and also towards the high-rise hotel area.
- Baby Beach
Why visit? Excellent and a great spot for snorkeling. Outside the large shallow lagoon caution is required due to strong currents. Very shallow water – white powder sand – recently updated with some facilities like beach Palapas, bathrooms, etc.
- Boca Catalina
Why visit? Boca Catalina is a small bay in the Malmok Beach area. The white sandy beach is accessible by steps and ample parking space is available alongside the main road. The crystal clear and calm waters make this the perfect location for a private swim and snorkeling in Aruba. Boca Catalina is a popular beach and attracts a fun mix of local families and tourists, especially during weekends.
- The Arikok Park
Arikok National Park lies on Aruba’s east coast. Conchi is a natural ocean pool sheltered by craggy rock formations. Beaches include Boca Prins and Dos Playa, a turtle nesting site. Caquetío Indian rock paintings adorn nearby Fontein Cave. Openings in the roof of Quadiriki Cave let in sunlight. An old adobe house at Cunucu Arikok recalls Aruba’s farming past. Jamanota and Arikok hilltops offer sweeping island views.
- The Natural Bridge
The Aruba Natural Bridge was a tourist attraction in Aruba that was formed naturally out of coral limestone. It collapsed on September 2, 2005. The natural arch, measuring approximately 25 feet high and 100 feet long, was the remnant of an ancient cave.